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Old 06-11-2012, 12:58 AM   #1
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Default 2012 Impreza 2.0i Roof Spoiler Install

I installed my roof spoiler this weekend and someone was asking for pics of the install, so here they are. This is the first time I've installed anything that required drilling into my car, and I made some mistakes, so hopefully this will prevent others from repeating them.

For reference, here's the PDF with the installation instructions:

http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/660...210fj600xx.PDF

Here's what the spoiler looks like out of the box:



First step is to pry off the interior trim around the hatch window. This is really easy; I started from the top right corner, used a small thin tool to create a gap, then a larger tool to pry off the middle piece.



The side pieces can be easily removed by hand once the middle piece is off.

Next pull the wire loop out of the hole:



Cut out the template and tape it on. Make sure it's symmetric on both ends, and try to minimize any bulging up that could affect the placement of the hole markers.



I was skeptical that it was really necessary to cover the windshield and surrounding areas with newspaper like the instructions say, but I didn't want to take any chances to I did it anyway. In retrospect I think it's a good idea to at least cover the back window so that it doesn't get covered in metallic dust from the drilling, and covering up the rest certainly doesn't hurt.



To start off the holes I used a sharp metal poker to create the initial hole through the paint, then used a pointed hammer punch to create a small indent in the metal. I started off with a 2 mm drill bit, then went to 3, 5, and 9 mm (I don't have a metric drill bit set so I just used the closest size I had). I didn't find that taping the bits at these sizes was necessary; I just went slowly, didn't apply too much pressure, and the holes drilled cleanly. After drilling each hole at each bit size, I used the magnet from a magnetic pick-up tool to pick up the metal shavings.

Drilling the two 12mm holes went less smoothly, and this is where taping the bits with a generous amount of tape (to create a drill stop at 5 mm from the tip, like the instructions say) would've helped. Even though I was being careful, once the bit punched through it pulled into the hole, mangling the edge. I was even more careful on the second hole, thinking that it wouldn't happen again, but it did.



After cleaning up the area with the magnet and some compressed air, I pried off the metal shards with needle-nose pliers, and used a small round file to smooth the holes off. I covered the tips of the pliers with tape to unwarp the sheet metal as much as I could.



After cleaning up the shavings from the filing, it was time to prime the exposed metal. Make sure you check the fit of the spoiler before doing this so that you don't have to drill and prime again.

I used Dupli-Color DAP1699 Gray General Purpose Primer Sealer, which came in a spray can, so I sprayed a small amount into a paint tray and used a small paintbrush to apply the primer to each hole:



I let that dry for about 1.5 hours, but an hour would've been plenty I'm sure.

The last step is to bolt on the spoiler. To keep from losing the nuts inside the hatch, I lined the inside of my 10mm socket with masking tape to make a snug fit. (I took off the tape before tightening them down.) Before tightening to the specified torque, tighten the two end nuts enough to keep the spoiler from moving, and make sure you're happy with its position (lower the hatch to check). I found that my spoiler wanted to tip towards the left when loose, resulting in a noticeably smaller distance from the front edge of the hatch to the front of the spoiler. I had to loosen and readjust a couple of times before it was even.

That's it; enjoy your new spoiler!

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Old 06-11-2012, 01:09 AM   #2
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+11111111111111111111 Thank you. Have been pondering whether to install the wing myself or take it to a shop. May still do the latter, but good to know. Thanks, I'm sure many a people will really appreciate your thread. thanks!1!1!
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Old 06-11-2012, 01:37 AM   #3
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Nice! I was thinking about doing it myself but I didn't want to screw it up so I brought it to the shop.
I think it looks a lot better with it.
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Old 06-11-2012, 02:23 AM   #4
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Old 06-11-2012, 10:14 PM   #5
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+11111111111111111111 Thank you. Have been pondering whether to install the wing myself or take it to a shop. May still do the latter, but good to know. Thanks, I'm sure many a people will really appreciate your thread. thanks!1!1!
You're welcome.

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I just took some, here you go.





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Old 06-14-2012, 12:36 AM   #6
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How is the front under spoiler held? Glue? Screw? Poo?
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:37 AM   #7
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Nice! I was thinking about doing it myself but I didn't want to screw it up so I brought it to the shop.
I think it looks a lot better with it.
Looks sweet. Cant wait to install my spoiler
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:12 AM   #8
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How is the front under spoiler held? Glue? Screw? Poo?
Two screws in the wheel well, a plastic rivet under the front of the bumper, and double-sided foam tape along the length. Here's the instructions.

http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/659...410fj000xx.PDF
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:51 PM   #9
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Hey,
Thanks...I just bought my 2012 and I wanted a spoiler and didn't want to pay the dealer for the install (which equaled the cost of the spoiler). So with the help of your pics and suggestions...I got the confidence and got it done with no problems.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:26 PM   #10
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Thanks...I just bought my 2012 and I wanted a spoiler and didn't want to pay the dealer for the install (which equaled the cost of the spoiler). So with the help of your pics and suggestions...I got the confidence and got it done with no problems.
Great! Glad it was useful.
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Old 07-10-2012, 04:46 PM   #11
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[quote=gfxguy;37344132]I installed my roof spoiler this weekend and someone was asking for pics of the install, so here they are. This is the first time I've installed anything that required drilling into my car, and I made some mistakes, so hopefully this will prevent others from repeating them.

For reference, here's the PDF with the installation instructions:

http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/660...210fj600xx.PDF

Here's what the spoiler looks like out of the box:



First step is to pry off the interior trim around the hatch window. This is really easy; I started from the top right corner, used a small thin tool to create a gap, then a larger tool to pry off the middle piece.


What is the name of this specific tool?
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Old 07-31-2012, 02:04 AM   #12
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I installed my roof spoiler this weekend and someone was asking for pics of the install, so here they are. This is the first time I've installed anything that required drilling into my car, and I made some mistakes, so hopefully this will prevent others from repeating them.

For reference, here's the PDF with the installation instructions:

http://techinfo.subaru.com/proxy/660...210fj600xx.PDF

Here's what the spoiler looks like out of the box:



First step is to pry off the interior trim around the hatch window. This is really easy; I started from the top right corner, used a small thin tool to create a gap, then a larger tool to pry off the middle piece.


What is the name of this specific tool?
It's a pry tool.

I had ordered this:
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/310408961815?...84.m1439.l2649
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Old 07-31-2012, 07:31 AM   #13
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Great job! What tint levels are you using on your windows?
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Old 07-31-2012, 11:28 AM   #14
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Thanks -- 35% front, 20% rear.
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #15
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Just a little advice for people drilling holes in their cars.

Having a really slow drill will cause you issues (unless you push very very soft).

Also you can step the hole up from a smaller size which should help prevent your holes from deforming.

Drill stops will help but honestly its the type of bit and speed of drill that will determine the quality and roundness of your holes.

Use a lubricant to help keep the temperature of the metal and drill bit low so you don't cause the paint to separate from the high heat around the edge of your hole.

You shouldn't have to push very hard to drill your holes, let the drillbits do the work. Pushing hard will cause the material to blow out the opposite side when you are almost through.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:55 PM   #16
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I installed the same spoiler on my sport a couple of months ago and I notice alot of extra grime and dust building up on the back windshield. Anyone else notice this. Probably normal but annoying.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:35 PM   #17
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I installed the same spoiler on my sport a couple of months ago and I notice alot of extra grime and dust building up on the back windshield. Anyone else notice this. Probably normal but annoying.
There is a whole thread about this, basically the spoiler interrupts the aerodynamic flow of air over the rear of the car, that's why it dumps dust and crap on the hatch.
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Old 01-26-2013, 02:50 PM   #18
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How much did this cost you overall? Planning to buy an after market roof spoiler too...
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Old 01-27-2013, 12:30 AM   #19
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There is a whole thread about this, basically the spoiler interrupts the aerodynamic flow of air over the rear of the car, that's why it dumps dust and crap on the hatch.
And I thought it was already pretty bad without the spoiler... Guess that's the trade off for improved looks.
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Old 01-27-2013, 01:43 AM   #20
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And I thought it was already pretty bad without the spoiler... Guess that's the trade off for improved looks.

OoOooo Honolulu Hawaii, just wondering what do you do there?

I love it there when I went last year ! Wish I can just leave everything behind and move to Hawaii and live there forever...but don't know what can I do there to survive...
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #21
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Looks great --- since installation of the roof spoiler requires drilling into the roof, is there any concern about water getting in, or other structural problems? I'm adding the spoiler as an option on a factory order.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:40 PM   #22
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You'll be fine spoiler installs aren't much of a big deal don't sweat it I had the factory add mine as I also ordered my car
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Old 03-24-2013, 01:36 PM   #23
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Anyone find them pretty cheap in price
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I just installed mine the other day and it was fairly easy. Template was good and used a center punch to indent into the roof. Than drilled.

But for ppl be careful to not push to hard when drilling cuz yoy might hit the washer lines for the water.
And use an airhose to spray the metal shavings off afterwards.
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Subaruonlineparts.com is probably the best price. They are great to deal with. If you go with OEM they come color matched to your paint and they fit perfect. Anything after market you will most likely have to mess with it more than is worthwhile and then paint to match. Not that anyone even offers one that I know of.

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